Tue, 09/12/2017 - 4:55pm Jesup1
Blanche Allen Vann
Jesup—Blanche Allen Vann, 92, died Sept. 7, 2017, at Wayne Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
A former resident of Thomasville and a resident of Jesup for more than 57 years, she was born on June 28, 1925, in Miami, Florida, to the late Oscar Walter and Elizabeth Cobb Allen.
She spent her early years in Thomasville and was especially proud of the fact that during that time, she had been given the opportunity to assist wounded veterans returning home from World War II.
She and her late husband of 34 years, Eugene Jack Vann, moved several times before settling in Jesup, where she was a member of First Baptist Church and the Naomi-Berean-Dorcas Sunday School Class, where she held the position of secretary. She had also taught Sunday school, had a passion for gardening and loved working in her yards to keep them beautiful. She was a member of the Dogwood Garden Club for many years and also volunteered with the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, where she worked in the gift shop and assisted with Christmas decorations.
She devoted herself to her family. She centered her world around their needs and was always there to lend a helping hand, family members said. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.
In addition to her parents and her husband, her brothers and sister, Roy Allen, Jack Allen, Martha Allen Donaldson and Louis Allen, and her grandson, Jack Thomas Ogden, preceded her in death.
Survivors include four daughters and sons-in-law, Gail and Jerry Greeson of Fernandina Beach, Florida, Carmen and Tim Meadows of Athens, Cathy and Greg Grantham of Jesup and Nancy and Dan Ogden of Jesup; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Heath and Kristan Greeson, Hope Greeson, Daniel Meadows, Matthew and Carmen Meadows, Catherine and John Bagley, Gregory and Alisha Grantham, Hoke and Christy Ogden and Shep Ogden; 13 great-grandsons; three great-granddaughters; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sept. 15 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Michael VonMoss and Dr. Felix Haynes officiating.
A reception will follow immediately in the church social hall. All are invited to come and share fond memories with the family during a time of fellowship and celebration.
Interment services will be held privately in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be members of the Naomi-Berean-Dorcas Sunday School Class.
Remembrances may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1115, Jesup, GA 31598 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rinehart & Sons
Betty Simmons Driggers
Screven—Betty Simmons Driggers, 64, of Screven died Sept. 10, 2017, after an extended illness.
The Jacksonville, Florida, native had lived in Wayne County the past 20 years and was a long time waitress with the Waffle House in Jacksonville and Jesup. She enjoyed being “Granny” and “Mama” to her family.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Jerry Driggers of Screven; a daughter, Susan Driggers of Screven; a son, Jerry Lonnie Driggers of Jacksonville; two sisters, Mary Thompson and Barbara Woods, both of Jesup; a brother, Benny Simmons of Jacksonville; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. at Rinehart Chapel with Elder Jerry Lightsey officiating. Interment will be in Big Creek Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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